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AFC commemorates passing of the HIV decriminalization law with World AIDS Day event Dec. 1
--From a press release
2021-11-24

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The World AIDS Day Community Celebration of the Historic Passage of HB1063, which ended criminal penalties against people living with HIV, will be hosted by AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC). It will also commemorate World AIDS Day, which brings people together from all around the world to show support for those living with HIV/AIDS and to remember those who have died from AIDS-related illnesses.

This year's World AIDS Day theme is: End inequalities. End AIDS. End pandemics.

The event will feature the presentation of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation's (ETAF) Legislator Leadership Award to to recipients Senator Robert Peters, of the 13th District and Representative Carol Ammons, of the 103rd District—and will feature keynote speakers.

The event will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 1-2 p.m. at DuSable Museum, Small Auditorium, 740 E 56th Pl, Chicago, IL 60637.

Register at tinyurl.com/4xp5jzrp .

Featured keynote speakers include:

-Senator Robert Peters of the 13th District, ETAF Legislative Leadership Award recipient

-Representative Carol Ammons of the 103rd District, ETAF Legislative Leadership Award recipient

-Robert Suttle, spokesperson for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, founding member of Sero

-Christian Castro, coalition member of the Illinois HIV Action Alliance

-Wade, member of the Illinois Alliance for Sound AIDS Policy

A negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination is required for the in-person event.

ADDITIONAL WORLD AIDS DAY EVENTS:

"Change Not Chains" virtual event on Monday, November 29, 11 a.m. CT

A panel discussion sponsored by Ohio Health Modernization Movement (OHMM), a coalition of advocates working to modernize their state's law criminalizing individuals living with HIV.

"Crimson Table Talk" in-person and virtual discussion on Tuesday, November 30, 6:30-8:30 p.m. CT

AFC Ryan White Care Coordination Manager DJ Rivers-White, MA will join the Joliet Area/South Suburban Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and various community partners for both an in-person and virtual discussion. In-person attendees must show proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

Belmont Harbor Yacht Club in-person event on Wednesday, Dec. 1 at 9 a.m. CT

Antonio King, LGBTQ Health and Outreach Liaison in the Chicago Dept. of Public Health's HIV/STI Bureau, and John Peller, CEO of AIDS Foundation Chicago, will comment on the current status of the fight against HIV/AIDS, along withAlderman Tom Tunney and AIDS Garden Chicago Board President Yoni Pizer. Immediately following the remarks and refreshments, attendees are invited to join AFC for a sneak preview of the AIDS Garden Chicago, which is nearing completion. To RSVP, email Willa Iglitzen Lang at the Chicago Parks Foundation, wlang@chicagoparksfoundation.org . Please note: The Garden is still under construction so appropriate footwear is required.

About the AIDS Foundation Chicago (AFC)

For 36 years, AFC has led the fight to create health equity and justice for people living with and disproportionately impacted by HIV and AIDS. AFC brings together service providers and funders to develop systems that meet the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS and to maximize the use of scarce resources. AFC is committed to working with policymakers and service providers to increase funding for prevention services and programs that work.

AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV or chronic conditions. AFC aspires to create a world in which people living with HIV or chronic conditions will thrive, and there will be no new HIV cases. More at: www.aidschicago.org/ .


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